Analysis of “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” by MLK Presentation by Susie Walden
Context • Marches, Strikes, and Sit-Ins from 1963 forward • FBI Investigations • Nobel Peace Prize 1964 • Sanitation Worker’s Strike, March/April 1968 • Violence and Disagreement in Memphis • King’s Death—April 4, 1968
Works Cited Kings, Sarah. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” A Call to Conscience.Carson and Shepard, Eds. New York: Random House. 2001. Print.
Main Idea/Message • Unity • Perseverance • “Big things can be accomplished through small acts.”
Purpose • Unifying • Motivational • Prophetic?
Methods and Strategies • Use of Pathos and Ethos • Allusion • Moses in Egypt • Anaphora • “If I had sneezed…” • “I would not stop there…” • Paradox • “It is only when dark we can see stars…” • “They were sitting down to make a stand…”
Strategy and Purpose • Allusion= Image of hope and promise • Paradox= Overall Message • Pathos= emotion, excitement • Ethos= believability, credibility • Anaphora=“echoes through time”
Agenda, English I Pre-IB Jan. 17, 2014: -Vocabulary Journal Instructions -Independent work on Rhetoric projects Upcoming Dates: -Email or submit power-point by Tues., Jan. 21 -Vocabulary week three quiz Thurs., Jan. 23 Learning Goal: -Students will be able to analyze a text for rhetorical strategy and purpose. -Students will be able to utilize rhetorical strategy to make appeals.
Agenda, English II Honors Jan. 17, 2014: -Vocabulary Journal Instructions -Reading Caesar Act One (finish) Upcoming Dates: -Vocabulary week three quiz Thurs., Jan. 23 Learning Goal: -Students will read Shakespearian dialogue and be able to summarize in modern language. -Students will read dramatic text and identify key literary elements.